In line: 111 people hope for free Palm Coast Chick-fil-A food

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A total of 111 people showed up for the contest, some packing tents. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons.)
A total of 111 people showed up for the contest, some packing tents. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons.)
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The following is adapted from a press release written by Chick-fil-A's communications office:

Palm Coast’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant was set to open March 19, bringing 85 new jobs, the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for community members to donate books that will benefit Belle Terre Elementary School.

After 11 years and nearly $24 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.

The new stand-alone Palm Coast restaurant at 1000 Palm Coast Parkway NW hosted the next First 100 event that will award more than $32,000 in free food. A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open about 6 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.

Because 111 people got in line by 6 a.m. March 18, a lottery was scheduled to be held to select the first 100.
Chick-fil-A at Palm Coast Operator Glen Efford is also collecting new children’s books through 2 p.m. Friday, March 20. This will benefit Belle Terre Elementary School. The books collected during the grand opening celebration will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange, allowing anyone to take a book after replacing it with one of their own. The Book House, created from old and thrown out wood, is one of several community programs and opportunities being made possible through the support of the Chick-fil-A Foundation (

The opening of Palm Coast’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant will create 85 new jobs. Featuring the chain’s newest interior and kitchen design, the new location can seat 100 in the dining room with additional outside patio seating. The restaurant includes dual drive-thru ordering lanes. A majority of Chick-fil-A customers choose to drive thru.

The restaurant will feature free Wi-Fi and an indoor play area that includes an interactive section for toddlers. The restaurant is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.
The new Palm Coast Chick-fil-A restaurant is the third of eight Florida locations the chain plans to open this year as it continues its expansion in the state. Along with the Palm Coast restaurant, another stand-alone restaurant is opening in Jacksonville on March 19.
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